This is a particularly special Halloween in Tampa because it marks the 20th Anniversary of Tampa’s creepiest crown jewel, its ultimately scary scream scene, Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens.1 It’s back, more frightening than ever, and so consistently amazing that it’s been nominated for a USA TODAY Reader’s Choice Award for Best Theme Park Halloween Event.2
If you’re itching for some “horrifying haunted houses, terrifying scare zones, and thrilling rollercoaster rides through the dark,” Howl-O-Scream is the place to be, according to Busch Gardens in a press release.3
Howl-O-Scream will also be adding some new deathly experiences as part of the event’s revival this year, including a new house called The Residence, home to a suburban family searching for a cult sacrifice; Little Nightmares, an area to explore the creepy side of childlike homemade costumes and masks; and Carpe Noctem, a delightfully Gothic Romanian cemetery (complete with vampires, of course).4 Plus, reboots of a classic Howl-O-Scream character, mad scientist Dr. Livingsdoom, and the Butcher, a cannibalistic hillbilly (of all things!!).5
I might have to sleep with my lamp on tonight just thinking about these horrors, which only proves that Tampa knows how to do Halloween right. We might be known for our optimism and gorgeous climate most times, but Halloween is a time to let the clouds roll in and the lightning crack across the sky – let the door to the haunted house creak open – and we have a lot to offer for those who want a little harmless fright, as well.
Tampa is truly a great place to #LiveWorkandPlay.
- “Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s 20th Anniversary Howl-O-Scream.” WMOR, WMOR, 15 Aug. 2019, www.mor-tv.com/article/busch-gardens-20years/28712624.
- Gregory, John. “What’s New at Howl-O-Scream 2019 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.” Orlando Rising, 13 Aug. 2019, orlando-rising.com/whats-new-at-howl-o-scream-2019-at-busch-gardens-tampa-bay/.
- Wynne, Sharon. “Busch Gardens Offers Howl-O-Scream Ticket Deal for a Limited Time.” Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Bay Times, 26 Aug. 2019, www.tampabay.com/fun/busch-gardens-offers-howl-o-scream-ticket-deal-for-a-limited-time-20190712/.